This past Sunday I went with a couple of girlfriends for a catch-up brunch to Tableau Bar Bistro in the Loden Hotel. It’s located on Melville Street at the edge of Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, and is a French bistro-style restaurant that has been open for not quite two months yet – since May 6th of this year. (Note: Above image courtesy of 604Foodtograpy.)
We were seated on the patio, in anticipation of basking in the sun’s rays. We had to wait about 15 minutes until we were covered in warmth as we waited for the sun to peak out from behind the nearby buildings, but once it did, we were super content and could’ve relaxed there all day.
While we settled in with our coffee and waters, we browsed over the menu and got to chatting. It was good that it didn’t take me long to decide what to have, as our conversation was loud and exuberant and I’m sure that everyone on the patio couldn’t help but take part in it.
Les ouefs jumped out at me the most, and it had been awhile since I’d had any (strange for me, but true). One of my friends and I both saw two dishes that we wanted at the same time, and decided to just have them both and share. It couldn’t have worked out any better!
A little while later, our server came to us with our meals, and I was ecstatic to see them arrive as I was ravenous and hadn’t eaten anything yet after being up for hours. Plus, I had been sailing in the Easter Seals’ Regatta the previous day, and after the race, had finished off a bottle of wine and thought it would be a good idea to go for an impromptu swim in the 72 degree Fahrenheit muddy ocean water (don’t try this at home, kids). As a result, I had definitely worked up an appetite!
First off was the Omelet, with provencal vegetables and goat cheese and a side of cubed fresh watermelon and mint. These veggies included mushrooms, zucchini, onions, and tomato. While I didn’t try this and can’t deliver a verdict myself, my girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed it, as her plate was completely gone by the end of the meal and this isn’t normally the case!
Next up was the Poached Egg and Duck, a duck confit hash with eggplant and tomato caponata. We had requested the egg to be poached soft, which it was, and it was a good blend of flavours. I did notice that it was lacking a bit of kick to it somehow though, and I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more salt or some spice even (although when do I NOT like spice).
Finally, we shared the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and pickled red onion. There are two other choices – the florentine and one with shaved beef brisket – which I will also have to try on my next visit, but I really enjoyed what we selected that afternoon. Again, this was also served with a side of watermelon and mint, which I absolutely love (one of my favourite smoothies I ever had while traveling through Thailand was made up of this combination). Again, the eggs were poached soft, and the hollandaise was not overbearing to the wild salmon.
Salmon Eggs Benedict
I really enjoyed my patio weekend brunch while sitting in the sunshine at Tableau Bar Bistro. Great friends, great conversation, and great food (with sunshine in Vancouver, no less) – what more can a girl ask for?